Bruin Varsity 8 Closes Season with Sixth-Place in Petite Final

May 19, 2002

Rancho Cordova, Calif. - The Wasington women's varsity eight won their 11th-consecutive Pac-10 conference title today, posting a time of 6:46.40 over 2000m on Lake Natoma.

The Bruins advanced two crews to the grand finals with both the Varsity Four and Novice Eight finishing 6th and 5th overall, respectively. The UCLA Varsity 8 and JV 8 advanced to the petite finals and finished 12th and 10th overall, respectively.

In the morning's preliminary races, the conditions on Lake Natoma were calm, overcast, with a slight crosswind from port to starboard. The Bruin Varsity 4 and Novice 8 crews both finished third in their prelims and qualified for the grand finals. The UCLA Varsity 8 and JV 8 crews both finished fourth in their prelims and advanced to the petite finals.

In the Varsity Four Grand Final, California pulled ahead from the start, claiming the victory in 7:46.70. Oregon (7:52.50) placed second in the event, followed by Washington (7:54.40), Stanford (7:58.20), Washington State (8:01.50), and sixth-place UCLA (8:20.70).

In the Novice Eight Grand Final, the Bruins, rowing against Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, California, and San Diego State, finished fifth in race and 5th overall in the event. California led for the first 500m, but it was Oregon who took the victory, edging Washington State by a tenth of a second.

In the JV Eight Petite Final, the Bruins finished fourth in the race to place 10th overall in the event. UCLA, racing against USC, Sacramento State, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara, maintained third for the majority of the race, but in the final sprint, San Diego State made a move and finished 2-seconds ahead of the Bruins. USC maintained the lead from the start and won the race by 3-seconds over Sacramento State.

In the Varsity Eight Petite Final, the race was affected by heavy rain. The Bruins, edged by San Diego State by three-tenths of a second, finished sixth in the race and placed 12th overall. Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State exchanged leads during the race, but it was LMU who came out on top, claiming the victory by 2-seconds.

In the Varsity Eight Grand Final, six Pac-10 schools ranked in the Top 20 of the US Rowing Collegiate Coaches Poll battled it out for the 2002 Pac-10 Conference Title. The Washington Huskies proved they dominate the Pac-10, despite poor rowing conditions, defending their title against Stanford, Cal, Washington State, Oregon State, and USC with a decisive 8-second victory. For the Huskies, this was their 11th-consecutive Pac-10 conference title, leaving Cal (1994) and UCLA (1990, 1991) the only other teams that have ever won.

The Bruins closed the regatta finishing in 7th in the Pac-10 team standings with 31 points. Washington won the Pac-10 Team Title with 66 points, followed by California (58), Oregon State (52), Washington State (51), Stanford (44), and USC (37). Oregon, still with club-status, finished 8th with 13 points.

Today's regatta marks the end of the women's rowing season. The NCAA Women's Rowing Championship field will be announced on Tuesday, May 21.

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